Elmgreen & Dragset

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About the Artist

Throughout their career, Elmgreen & Dragset have redefined the way in which art is presented and experienced. Drawing from disciplines as divergent as institutional critique, social politics, performance and architecture, in their sculptures and installations the artists reconfigure the familiar with characteristic wit and subversive humour. From the transformation of New York City's Bohen Foundation into a 13th Street Subway Station in 2004, to the siting of a Prada boutique in a Texan desert in 2005, and the insertion of institutional spaces within the architecture of a public gallery, as in the Serpentine Gallery's critically acclaimed The Welfare Show in 2006, their work raises issues around social models and social spaces, and prompts a re-thinking of the status quo.

  • Elmgreen & Dragset have dreamed an imaginary global metropolis into sculptural being, upside down, radiating the city’s irresistible urban energy. 

     

    Suspended from the ceiling of the 31st Street Mid-block Entrance Hall, The Hive is a 1:100 scaled architectural model that offers a surreal and fantastical vision of a global metropolis. Dozens of illuminated high-rise buildings descend toward visitors, their downturned orientation inviting new and varied perspectives as visitors move around the space. Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has combined miniaturized skyscrapers of their own invention with iconic high-rise buildings from megacities around the world, distilling these towers into their most essential forms. This fictional city combines landmarks from Chicago, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, and Paris as well as iconic New York City silhouettes.

     

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  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    2 October - 2 November 2020

    Parley for the Oceans x Vortic

    Victoria Miro is delighted to be a member of Parley Collective and participate in Parley for the Oceans x Vortic with an online exhibition of works by Elmgreen & Dragset and Celia Paul.
    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    23 September - 5 November 2016

    Protest

    Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    13 October - 7 November 2015

    Elmgreen & Dragset

    Self-Portraits
    Self-Portraits is Elmgreen & Dragset’s third solo exhibition at Victoria Miro and their first in the Mayfair gallery. The show features a new series of works that are representations of museum wall labels of other artists’ works, including David Hockney,...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    21 September - 8 December 2012

    Elmgreen & Dragset

    Harvest
    Victoria Miro is pleased to present Harvest, Elmgreen & Dragset's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Harvest showcases two precisely choreographed environments which at first may appear visually and conceptually diverse, but through Elmgreen & Dragset's own refined systems of...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    14 October - 15 November 2008

    Elmgreen & Dragset

    Too Late
    Too Late features a re-staging of the entire Victoria Miro space. Visitors will be met by a total transformation of the gallery's interior architecture via several new interconnecting large-scale installations by Elmgreen & Dragset. Through mid November, Victoria Miro Gallery...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    17 February - 17 March 2007

    Absent Without Leave

    Group Exhibition
    Absent Without Leave examines the ways in which contemporary artists might use elements of performance as a material in the production (or reception) of their work. The diverse practices on display here re-imagine performance and filter it into something 'performative'...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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